As the Earth gets closer to the Sun, the temperatures on Earth begin to rise. This is true both outside the house and inside the house. During this time of year, most households keep their thermostat set on sixty-nine to seventy-one degrees. I have even been a guest in households whose thermostats are set lower. In my household, we keep the thermostat set on seventy-two degrees. I must say, this is a reasonable temperature. However, it is not the temperature that I would prefer, nor is it the temperature that the other members of the household would prefer either. So, why is this the temperature of compromise? Because it’s one degree from the preferred temperature of both parties, seventy-one and seventy-three degrees. In fact, you might call it our, “One Degree of Compromise.”
As Christians, do we experience compromise within our Faith? In other words, does God comprise with us, His children? Sometimes, we convince ourselves that God understands our sins and will comprise with us around those sins. We say things like, “God will understand. After all, He wants me to be happy.” Or, we say, “God and I have an arrangement.” If you have this mindset towards God and the concept of compromise, your mindset is terribly wrong.
Let me make an assertion: God does not compromise.
As 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is breather out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” As the verse above says, God’s word is profitable for many things. It is profitable for teaching or instructing others, so that they, too, can walk upon the path of righteousness. It is profitable for reproof, or to reprove your life in order to coincide that life with God’s word. It is profitable for correction. Now, that doesn’t mean we correct God’s word, that means His word corrects our wayward actions. And, finally, it is profitable for training, both yourself and others. Why? So, we can develop the best relationship with God, through your Christianity, that you can possibly develop.
As you might have noticed, His word is not profitable for… compromise. In order to keep God’s commandments faithfully, we must negate the notion that God will comprise with us through His word. God’s word does not compromise. After all, it’s important to remember, God’s word is one, not two, three, or four. In other words, you cannot take some parts of His word and apply those parts to your life, while ignoring other parts. It doesn’t work that way. It’s like your mother’s dinner menu, “You can take it or leave it!”
One more thing: While God doesn’t compromise, he did offer us one compromise through His grace and that, my friends, was His son. As we read in John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world, that he sent his only begotten son, that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” You see, this verse reveals God’s, “One Degree of Compromise.” Instead of setting the thermostat on seventy-three degrees, he compromised and set it on seventy-two degrees, because He loved you and me. And, might I say, what a loving and soul-saving compromise it was.
Reader’s Verse of Encouragement: John 14:15
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”